If you’re a fan of public radio (looking at you, Austin), then you’ve probably noticed something different in the past few months. KUT 90.5 is still serving up high-quality news and talk programming, but in order to find the treasured music shows that Austinites have come to love like Eklektikos with John Aielli, Texas Music Matters and Twine Time with Paul Ray, listeners have had to point their dials up a few notches to KUTX 98.9. Dubbing itself “The Austin Music Experience,” KUTX is the new all-music arm of KUT, and in the words of Program Director Matt Reilly, “made here, played here” is the best way to describe the music that falls within its scope.
Within the past few months, Austin has seen a proliferation of notable publications emerge from its creative community. Two of these, SYNONYM Journal and Pastelegram, aim to reimagine the intersection of arts, culture and the print medium while offering readers ancillary content and commentary via their websites. A third, Transgressor, sets out to explore new digital territory, guided by a boundary-pushing outlook on traditional societal norms.
Let The Light In
Kelly and Lino Mendiola, along with their two daughters, Cecilia (21) and Isabel (16) and their beagle-mix, Sadie, have lived on Vance Lane for over 10 years. In 2002, they purchased their Rollingwood abode and, until the recent completion of their new home on the lot, had called the original 1973 structure home. Designed by local architect Jamie Chioco, their new house thoroughly reflects the family's needs, habits and lifestyle. For Chioco, a practiced architect with an impressive portfolio of both residential and commercial projects alike, the Mendiolas' home is the first "from the ground up" design he's had built since starting his practice almost eight years ago.
From intending to remodel to breaking ground on a total redesign, this modern family of four planned their perfect home around the single, yet substantial goal of opening up their living environment to its natural surroundings.
Whether you prefer winding down your summer evening with a cool drink on one of the city's best open-air patios or tucked away in a clandestine, speakeasy-style cocktail den, this list will give you plenty of options for savoring every minute of those long, August-in-Austin nights.
The Art of the Cocktail
808 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin is an active and health-conscious place to live, consistently topping scores of "fit city" lists across the country. And while some may argue that all you really need in order to kick off an exercise routine is a pair of well-fitting shoes and some energy to burn, there are a host of other options around the Austin area to help you take advantage of the city, become a part of a unique fitness micro-community and have fun while upping your heart rate.
The Pure Austin Driveway Series
Gone are the days when vintage shopping only meant scouring endless thrift store racks and digging deep through bargain bins and estate sales. Don’t get us wrong: those methods still exist (especially in a city as vintage-obsessed as Austin). Nowadays however, as the world connects, explores and — most importantly — shops online, a few Austin-based businesses are creating a new type of vintage-treasure-hunt experience.
It only makes sense that the “Live Music Capital of the World” should have its fair share of blogs dedicated solely to the best and brightest that this city (and the music industry at large) has to offer. Austin Writes Music, Austin Bloggy Limits and Covert Curiosity are just that — online outlets and resources that provide both blogger and reader a place to explore Austin’s unique music culture.
The “senior” blog of the bunch, Covert Curiosity (covertcuriosity. blogspot.com) started carving out its niche as a trusted source for local music information in July of 2006. “There weren’t really any specifically music blogs in Austin at the time, and I wanted a place to expose some of the interesting things I was getting into and discovering,” says Lawrence Boone of his blog.